Posted June 18, 2013 on AP on Fox
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(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer The U.S. Golf Association is not opposed to inflicting cruel and unusual punishment at its premier championship, so here's something it might want to consider. Award the ''Phil Mickelson Medal'' to the runner-up in the U.S. Open. There is precedent. The U.S. Open champion has received a gold medal ever since this brute of a tournament began in 1895, and yet the USGA tinkered with 117 years of tradition by last year changing the name to the ''Jack Nicklaus Medal.'' An argument can be made that Nicklaus, a four-time champion, isn't even the face of the U.S. Open. Bobby Jones won it four times in eight years. The remarkable career and comeback of Ben Hogan was defined by the U.S. Open. He won his four titles in six years, including the year he couldn't defend because he was recovering from near-fatal injuries after a head-on collision with a bus. But there is no disputing who has corn...
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